Parents who have a stillbirth find it hard to deal with the loss they experience and this nurse came up with an idea to comfort them.
Losing a child can be the most heartbreaking thing that ant parent has to go through. There is absolutely nothing that can replace the pain of losing a child. However, a high-risk labor nurse is trying to ease this heartbreak for parents who have a stillbirth in the hospital. She shared the beautiful process of creating a memory box for the parents in the sweetest way possible. The nurse posted the video on her TikTok channel @labor_junkie_RN. It starts with the overlay text, "When a parent's baby has passed away." She can be seen making a bracelet for the child with the kid's name on it. Then she takes out a box with footprint cards in which the nurse takes the kid's footprints and later a wisp of hair.
She can be seen making a bracelet for the child with the kid's name on it. She takes out a box with footprint cards in which the nurse takes the child's footprints and later a wisp of hair. She then carefully picks out clothes, which include a piece of hand-sewn clothing to place on the baby. After which, she takes pictures of the child behind a screen which reads, "Please help us maintain a respectful environment as we care for a tiny angel. Thank you." Later, she can be seen taking out cotton from a teddy bear and filling it with sand so that it weighs exactly like the child.
In the end, she packs the whole box for the family in which she puts the clothes, the bracelet and the teddy bear with a card that reads, "We remember your baby." This emotional yet heartwarming video resonated with many as through this memory box, the parents can be given an opportunity to carry the memory of their child forever.
The heartwarming video went viral with about 4.6 million views and many people adored this idea and all moms wanted all the hospitals to have these boxes for parents. @innerpiggoat commented, "As a mom of a stillborn, this should be standard at all hospitals. Bless you." @sarahhhjulianne wrote, "I was full-term and my first son was stillborn. I wish I would have had a fraction of this."
@user00900090010 shared, "I lost it when you put the amount of sand as the same weight as the baby." @staceywesterdyk expressed, "My little girl was stillborn 2 weeks ago leaving with a box and no baby was the hardest thing I ever had to do. The midwife and doctors were amazing." @brittneyhillier said, "I had a full-term stillbirth. 13 years later, I still have all of these things. Thank you for doing what you do."
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Nurses are frontline health workers and are often the most insightful and comforting people you can find in a hospital. Another nurse—who goes by @travellingnurse on TikTok—shared three things she would never do in her life working in the emergency room.
"No. 1, we're going to start off strong," she said in the viral video and then revealed motorcycles as the first thing she now avoided. The second thing on her list was propane tanks. "Propane tanks," she said. "I have had three—three patients—who have had propane tanks explode on them, and it has left them with debilitating burns." The nurse finally revealed the third and most controversial thing she would avoid: visiting a chiropractor.
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Many people were thankful for her insights. @stacie_fitmedic commented, "As a paramedic. I agree completely with this list." @KimMiles wrote, "As a nurse, I also have seen strokes from shearing force on vertebral arteries from a chiropractic neck adjustment." @Alli even shared a scary experience she had, writing: "I have held brain matter in my hand. Number one is legit."